First Light: New and Selected Poems

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Much of First Light is autobiographical, a young boy growing into urban manhood; it's a book of family, of strangers, of learning to tell time by the people that populated E. Ethelbert Miller's life. He has populated his work with mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and lovers who fight daily to be able to do simple things like drink clean water and sleep without gunshots interrupting their dreams. He takes instruction from Pablo Neruda, Margaret Walker, political prisoners and finds inspiration in the aloneness of Winnie Mandela. Mostly, it is a book of love, personal and cultural. It's silences are penetrating, its insights are liberating, its violence is quieting and its love is contagious.

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"...E. Ethelbert Miller has chosen for his subjects those unseen 'American moments' of everyday life. His poetry is smooth, without being facile, deep, deep, yet clear , real, very surreal." — Ishamel Reed

"Don't just read it! Make the journey! Poems like telescoping eyes, looking and screaming for answers about he whys of the world, and how to be whole on the journey!" —Bernice Johnson Reagon

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